Download e-book for iPad: Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design by Avi Friedman

By Avi Friedman

Because the starting of the housing increase of the Fifties, the dimensions of the typical North American apartment has progressively grown whereas the scale of the typical family members has lowered. this day, more and more homebuyers looking smaller, extra effective residential designs are rediscovering a centuries outdated housing prototype: the slender residence. Measuring twenty-five-feet broad or much less, those "infill" or "skinny" homes, as they can be known as, are at the upward push in towns and suburbs around the globe. some great benefits of development small and slim are various: larger land-use potency, much less construction fabric, fewer infrastructure charges, decrease application debts, and versatile layouts. This development variety creates environmentally brilliant homes that let owners to stay inside of their means.

Narrow homes provides a radical assessment of the sensible concerns of designing a narrow-front domestic, together with siting, ground preparations, footprint, and inside and external completing. The ebook records twenty-eight leading edge examples of slim homes from around the globe designed through today's most appropriate architects. venture info together with ground plans and vast inside and external images exhibit the inherent flexibility of this housing version and the numerous chances for adapting those houses to the restrictions of web site, weather, funds, kinfolk dimension, and different wishes.

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Natural interior ventilation, along with the shading effect of exterior sunscreens, keeps the house comfortably habitable (without air conditioning) throughout the warm summer months. Front view salt point house 51 Bedroom Glass floor Study Open to porch below Bedroom Second floor Porch Living area Kitchen Entry hall Ground floor Section 52 detached dwellings 8' top: Perspective view bottom: Side elevation salt point house 53 Side view detail 54 detached dwellings Interior view salt point house 55 Pine Forest Cabin Width: 16 ft.

With the exception of two mounded enclosures made from earth excavated for the foundation, the site is minimally disturbed. Due to the slope, occupants enter at the third level and descend to the kids’ bedrooms or climb up to the main living spaces, which overlook the surrounding cherry orchard. above: Site plan opposite: View of southwest corner 38 detached dwellings The house is intended to reflect the austere, scaleless farm buildings that dot the hills. 6 meter) out from the galvanized sheet-metal wall cladding, hung on aluminum frames that serve as window washing platforms and emergency exit ladders.

Ft. (110 sq. m) Constructed of elegantly efficient and economical materials, this 2,200-square-foot (204-square-meter) house in New York’s Hudson Valley is sited on a meadow with views to a small private lake. Relatively solid on the north and south facades, the house opens to the landscape on the east and west. A double-height entry hall on the eastern end, tucked into the surrounding woods, allows an immediate understanding of the home’s organization: living spaces downstairs, sleeping and work quarters upstairs.

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